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Victoria in Victoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Memorial Square

 
 
Memorial Square Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 21, 2022
1. Memorial Square Marker
Inscription.  Once the oldest public burial ground in Victoria, this square was laid out in 1824 when Martin de Leon founded the town, then located in the Mexican state of "Coahuila and Texas". In early years the cemetery included the block to the east, and many Victoria pioneers were interred here. Burials of soldiers in the Texas Revolution took place in 1836 and later.

The cemetery was only occasionally used, however, until 1846, when a new city ordinance discouraged burials in family cemeteries possibly to combat a cholera epidemic. Many who succumbed were citizens but some were soldiers, under General Zachary Taylor, camped here en route to fight in the Mexican War.

As the community grew, a larger plot (now Evergreen Cemetery) was purchased in 1850. Later, in the Civil War, Confederate soldiers were interred here, but after the war, some members of the Federal Army of Occupation unfortunately destroyed many headstones, so that today most of the gravesites are unknown.

As burials here gradually ceased, the ground came to be used for other purposes and since 1899 has been designated Memorial Square. It is today devoted
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to the preservation of monuments to Texas history and to the remembrance of Texas honored dead.
 
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3327.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisastersWar, Mexican-AmericanWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1824.
 
Location. 28° 48.075′ N, 97° 0.105′ W. Marker is in Victoria, Texas, in Victoria County. Marker is at the intersection of North De Leon Street and East Power Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North De Leon Street. The marker is located at the northwestern corner of the Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Victoria TX 77901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peter Underhay Pridham (a few steps from this marker); Mitchell School (within shouting distance of this marker); Victoria County (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas Soldiers and Pioneer Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Mitchell School (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Memorial Square (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line);
The view of the Memorial Square Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 21, 2022
2. The view of the Memorial Square Marker from the street
McNamara House (about 700 feet away); The Woodhouse Home (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 28, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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May. 28, 2024